“That’s an estimate of what they believe construction services will take,” Palmer said. “If it goes over that, they’ll come back.”
He said Federal Engineering is familiar with the project and had an option in its contract to supply construction services.
“It only made sense to continue with them (Federal),” Palmer said.
Both votes by Ways and Means passed unanimously, with Supervisors Randy Preston (I-Wilmington) and Edward Hatch (D-Willsboro) absent.
On the most controversial part of the project, the placement of antennas on four existing towers at Little Whiteface, Gore, Blue and Morris mountains that might disturb the rare Bicknell’s thrush, Board of Supervisors Chair Randy Douglas (D-Jay) said they intend to make sure the little bird isn’t impacted.
“We’re well aware of Audubon Society and Adirondack Council’s concerns (about disturbing the thrush). We feel we’ve come to some sort of compromise.”
He said the main issue is not disturbing the Bicknell’s thrush during its mating season, May 15 to Aug. 1.
“We can make it fit into this construction season without having an adverse effect on Bicknell’s thrush.”
Douglas said the Olympic Regional Development Authority is removing the Ski Patrol building on Little Whiteface this week.
The county will construct a new, larger Ski Patrol hut that will house its transmitter for the public-safety radio system.
State Department of Environmental Conservation biologists will be on Little Whiteface from 4:30 a.m. to mid-morning on June 1 and 2 to study whether the Bicknell’s thrush is being disturbed, Douglas said.
“We’ll evaluate whether it’s (the bird) close to the construction site. If it is close by, we’re looking for quiet hours, 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., without power tools and that sort of thing.”